May 29, Colombo: The United National Party (UN) has decided to cancel the membership of 99 party members including the deputy leader Sajith Premadasa who joined the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) under Premadasa.
The Working Committee of the UNP at its meeting held this morning unanimously approved the decision of the UNP leadership to suspend the membership of 99 UNP members including Sajith Premadasa who handed nominations to contest the elections from the Samagi Jana Balawegaya.
With this decision, Sajith Premadasa will lose the post of Deputy Leader of the UNP and the electoral organizer post as well as the Working Committee membership.
The United National Party states that the positions and responsibilities of the other members who joined SJB will also be abolished.
The party leadership recently decided to suspend the membership of nearly 100 UNP members who handed nominations from SJB for the upcoming general election.
Steps have been taken to forward the relevant documents to the representatives.
Approximately 40 people attended today's UNP Working Committee meeting.
As a result of this decision, the party membership of Lakshman Kiriella, Kabir Hashim, Mangala Samaraweera, Gayantha Karunatilaka, Thalatha Athukorala, Ranjith Madduma Bandara and several others who had served as cabinet ministers of the previous good governance government has been canceled.